Cancer, Diabetes, Lung and Heart Diseases kill 41 million people annually which is 71% global mortality

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 WHO Commission calls for urgent action against chronic diseases

Cancer, Diabetes, Lung and Heart Diseases kill
41 million people annually which is
71% global mortality

Reduce premature death from NCDs by one-third by 2030

GENEVA: A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-level Commission on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) calls for urgent action to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders. It demands high-level political commitment and the immediate scaling up of actions to address the epidemic of NCDs, the world’s leading causes of death and ill health.

Collectively, cancer, diabetes, lung and heart diseases kill 41 million people annually, accounting for 71% of all deaths globally, 15 million of which occur between the ages of 30 and 70 years. The report focuses attention on growing, but often neglected, challenges like mental disorders and obesity.

President of Uruguay, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez,  called on world leaders to “redouble efforts” to meet the Sustainable Development Goals target to reduce premature death from NCDs by one-third by 2030 and to promote mental health and wellbeing: “Preserving and improving people’s quality of life is a way of enhancing human dignity in order to make progress in terms of economic growth, social justice and human coexistence,” said Dr Vázquez, who presented the report to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva today. “Health is essential for peace and democracy. It is not a matter of spending a lot, but of making good investments.”

The Commission has made the following six recommendations in its report:

  1. Heads of State and Government should take responsibility for the NCD agenda, rather than delegating it to ministers of health alone, as it requires collaboration and cooperation across many sectors.
  2. Governments should identify and implement a specific set of priorities within the overall NCD and mental health agenda, based on public health needs.
  3. Governments should reorient health systems to include NCDs prevention and control and mental health services in their universal health coverage policies and plans.
  4. Governments should increase effective regulation, appropriate engagement with the private sector, academia, civil society, and communities.
  5. Governments and the international community should develop a new economic paradigm for funding actions on NCDs and mental health.
  6. Governments need to strengthen accountability to their citizens for action on NCDs and simplify existing international accountability mechanisms.

“We know the problem and we have the solutions, but unless we increase financing for NCDs, and demand all stakeholders be held responsible for delivering on their promises, we won’t be able to accelerate progress,” said Commission Co-chair Dr Sania Nishtar. “The NCDs epidemic has exploded in low- and middle-income countries over the last two decades. We need to move quickly to save lives, prevent needless suffering, and keep fragile health systems from collapsing.”(PR)

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